Wednesday, 9 May 2012

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Day seven of 2MF 2011

Since the last post, the Festival team spent a day in Widecombe-in the-Moor, but has been mostly based on Exmoor, running concerts in Dulverton and Dunster. On Monday, HRH The Countess of Wessex attended a sell-out concert with accordionist, Ksenija Sidorova and the Solstice Quartet – quite incredible. Then yesterday afternoon, the Two Moors Festival Wind and Piano Quintet performed their concert repertoire from their August 2MF Residency (read previous posts for further information on Residencies). The audience were spoilt even further with superb wind playing from Principal Oboe of the Berlin Philharmonic, Jonathan Kelly, joined by viola player, Matthew Hunter (also of the Berlin Phil) and Alison Procter. How often do we in the South West have the opportunity to hear such stunning and inspiring musicians in such intimate surroundings?
There are still three days left so head to the Festival’s website to find events happening in your area.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Day four of the Two Moors Festival

The 2011 festival is in full swing. We are on day four (Sunday) and have just said goodbye to Ashley Wass, Stephan Loges, Natalia Lomeiko, Marko Ylönen and Christoph Berner. Such a whirlwind of exciting and memorable concerts. We started on Thursday with Ashley Wass and Christoph Berner performing Brahms’s arrangement for piano duet of his D minor piano concerto. The following night took the Festival team to Okehampton, where Stephan Loges, Natalia Lomeiko, Marko Ylönen and Christoph Berner performed various works, ending in Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio no. 1. Then in Dulverton last night we heard a moving concert of Schubert and Schumann songs with Liszt transcriptions performed by Stephan Loges and Christoph Berner. The audience was spellbound and quite bowled over by this exceptionally intimate concert. (If you were unfortunate to have missed the recital, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast it at a later date.)

We head back to Dulverton today for a variety of events. At 12.30pm the Rose Consort of Viols performs a selection of Elizabethan works which will fit around a scrummy lunch in the Town Hall. There is Songs of Praise in the church at 4.30pm and then we have the sell-out concert with Yevgeny Sudbin this evening at 7.30pm, also in the church.

Ring the Festival Box Office on 01643 831006 for further information about events in your area.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Two Moors Ensemble September Residency

The Two Moors Ensemble’s performance last week was a good judge of what to expect from the 2MF residential musicians in this year’s October Festival. They played an extraordinary concert of wind and string nonets by Clementi, Spohr and Martinu and the musicians (listed below) exhibited tremendous energy and passion. As a result of this successful performance, we can anticipate that their concert on 21st October will be sensational! After three residencies over the past six months, where the musicians have worked and played tirelessly, their efforts will undoubtedly result in a climax of stunning proportions with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.
Two Moors Ensemble (plus Alsation)
L-R top - Emily Callaghan, Alan Uren, Adrian Uren, Elizabeth Mace, Mea Wade
L-R bottom - Joanna Stark, Ben Birtle, Yusuke Kinoshita, David Stark

The wind and strings collaboration last week involved everything from busy rehearsals, to wet walks, combined with numerous games of Scrabble, Racing Demon (a very vicious card game) and Articulate. Feeding nine people three meals a day was a challenge, but all good practice for October when a total of sixteen will need to eat over the course of six days during the final Residency.
Playing the dangerous game of Racing Demon
If you missed the Residency concerts the musicians are reappearing in the 2011 October Festival:

Two Moors Festival String Quartet
1pm, 17th October – St Pancras’s Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor
Haydn String Quartet in D minor Op. 103, No. 68
Beethoven String Quartet in G major Op. 18, No. 2
Smetana String Quartet in E minor No.1

Two Moors Festival Piano and Wind Quintet
2pm, 18th October – St George’s Church, Dunster
Mozart Quintet in E flat K452
Poulenc Sextet Op. 100
Françaix L’Heure du Berger

Two Moors Ensemble
7.30pm, 21st October – St Andrew’s Church, Ashburton
Spohr Nonet in F major Op. 31
Mahler (arr. Simon) Symphony in G major, No. 4
Two Moors Ensemble in concert

Monday, 15 August 2011

Wind and Piano Residency

The Two Moors Festival hosted its second Residency last week. Predictably the weather was dismal, but that didn’t deter the Two Moors Festival Piano and Wind Quintet from making the most of the stunning countryside around Exmoor whilst working studiously and energetically towards their concert last Friday. The programme included Mozart’s Quintet in E Flat for piano and wind, Poulenc's Sextet Op. 100 and Françaix’s L’Heure du Berger, and the six musicians had a wonderful time exploring these favourites of the wind chamber repertoire. The concert was a great success with one member of the audience commenting: “Such an interesting programme and as always so good to see young musicians really enjoying themselves” and another: “We both enjoyed every minute - passionate musicians who lift the heart”.

(From L-R) Emily Callaghan, Mea Wade, Lynn Carter, Adrian Uren,
Joanna Stark, Elizabeth Mace

We can now look forward to their return in September where they are joined by the string players from April’s Residency. They will play nonets by Spohr and Martinu on 9th September. For more information click here.

However, if you did miss the concert last week, the Two Moors Piano and Wind Quintet will be performing again on 18th October in St George's Church, Dunster as part of the Two Moors Festival.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Events 2011

The brochure for the Two Moors Festival is now available and Friends priority booking opened on 18th July – what excitement is in store for 2011?

Among the usual spread of fabulous and diverse concerts here are a few suggestions to get you going:

Christoph Berner
Pianist Christoph Berner
The opening recital with pianists Christoph Berner and Ashley Wass on 13th October in Ashburton is not to be missed. For lovers of the Romantic era their programme of Schumann and Brahms will, without doubt, satisfy musical taste buds. The focus for this year’s Festival is transcriptions which threads its way through the programme. On 15th October in Dulverton, Christoph Berner and Stephan Loges will thoroughly celebrate this theme of arrangements, in particular exploring Liszt’s fascination with transcribing. Also, in keeping with this idea, is the concert on 21st October in Ashburton – the Klaus Simon arrangement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony performed by the Two Moors Festival Ensemble. With a Festival that is a predominantly chamber music based, it is a real treat to have this beautiful version of a well-loved orchestral work. Mahler is associated with vast orchestras and enormous choirs, but this reduced score to 16 players will fit perfectly in Ashuburton Church.

Jonathan Kelly
Principal Oboe, Berlin Phil,
Jonathan Kelly
This year the Festival also welcomes players, Principal Oboe Jonathan Kelly and viola player Matthew Hunter, from the Berlin Philharmonic. Even with their hectic schedule, we have persuaded them to come from Germany to perform in England’s smallest church, and give a recital in Dunster (18th October). With so few opportunities in the South West to hear such extraordinary and magical oboe playing in such intimate surroundings this concert is a real treat!

The final concert to draw your attention to is a visit from well-known cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber. Alongside the Orchestra of the Swan, and local budding young musicians, he will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto in Exeter Cathedral on 20th October.

Julian Lloyd Webber
Julian Lloyd Webber

Monday, 23 May 2011

2MF Young Musicians Platform Competition - Second Round

The Two Moors Festival can now announce the winners for this year's Young Musicians Platform Competition. After much deliberation, as the standard was exceptionally high, the four young musicians playing in the 2011 Festival will be Polly Bartlett (recorder), Molly Lopresti-Richards (marimba), Oliver Kelham (tenor) and Ruth Harrison (flute).

2MF mascot - Schubert the Sheep
The Young Musicians Platform Winners lunchtime concert will be on 21st October in Ashburton.

Please remember that tickets are not on sale until July/August.

To request a brochure click here.